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CAJ students recognised in the 2023 Ossie Awards

Every year journalism educators get together to recognise the best work produced by student journalists from universities around Australia. Among them again this year are a swag of stories published by The Citizen.

CAJ students recognised in the 2023 Ossie Awards
Words by Gwen Liu

Seven students from the Centre for Advancing Journalism have been awarded prizes at the Ossie Awards, the annual competition held by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia.

“Congratulations to all the students who entered these awards, and to all the CAJ lecturers and tutors for their teaching and guidance,” said Dr Andrew Dodd, the CAJ director.

Marilyn Tan (left) and Xinyi Li (right), the winners of The Dorkin Award for Investigative Journalism

Marilyn Tan (left) and Xinyi Li (right), the winners of The Dorkin Award for Investigative Journalism

Category Winners:

Tan and Li investigated the Kealba landfill, which has been burning for almost three years and affected the environment and residents’ health. Despite obstacles like the refusal of sources to comment, the destruction of data, the threat of defamation challenges, they persisted. “Journalism is about advocating for others,” they said.

Ruse documented draconian shifts in how Australian governments dealt with climate protesters, exploring the causes of these changes, their implications for democracy, and the activists’ response.

Murray reported on the thesis of atmospheric scientist Jean Laby, the first woman to graduate from the university with a PhD in Physics, whose world-class research made an enormous contribution to the study of cosmic rays and climatology.

Hammoud reported a charming story from the Muslim Arab-Australian community. She spoke of her ambition to address the strong resistance to diversity within mainstream media, and the importance of stories for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Highly commended:

Liu’s story exposed how China-based property brokers have preyed on international students during the rental crisis in Australia. During the investigation, she uncovered 11 fictitious partnerships on a broker’s website which the broker deleted soon after she began inquiries. The story is also highly commended in Democracy’s Watchdogs this year.

Wallace exposed the under-covered issue of howAustralia loses more on legal gambling per capita than any other country in the world. His story revealed multiple concerns:poor regulation from the government, the ability of large lobby groups to influence policy, mental and public health, and the challenges faced by local governments in enacting change at the state level.

Ann Khorany received high commendations in data and video (short-form) categories

Ann Khorany received high commendations in data and video (short-form) categories

Khorany received high commendations in two categories. In ‘Embassy Scam,’ she documented how international students in Australia were targeted and affected by various ongoing scams generally absent from the news sphere.

After extracting data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics about the abundance of vacant apartment units during the rental crisis, she delved into the story behind the numbers.

For a full list of the JERRA 2023 Ossies winners, click here

About The Citizen

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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